Re: Gallup’s abortion poll
posted at 3:36 pm on May 10, 2013 by Guy Benson
With much due respect to my friend Ed, I think his post about Gallup’s new poll on abortion and Gosnell buries the lede. While Gallup’s data on the Gosnell trial and the media coverage thereof is certainly interesting, I was more struck by the attitudes it measured on the larger question of when abortion should be legal:
– A solid 58 percent majority of adults believes abortion should be legal (a) never, or (b) “only in a few” circumstances. By contrast, just 39 percent hold the traditional “pro-choice” view that abortion should be legal in “all” or “most” cases.
– Among those selecting one of the two pro-life options (never or rarely legal) are 57 percent of women (!) and 57 percent of young people.
– Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to second (64 percent) and third (80 percent) trimester abortions. Lila Rose, call your office.
Pro-lifers are regularly sneered at as “extremists” by people who support taxpayer-subsidized, purely elective, late-term abortion-on-demand. Perhaps these statistics will give the sneerers pause, if only for a fleeting moment. Opposing abortion in all or most cases isn’t merely mainstream, it’s a majority position. Also, this question is often cast as a “women’s rights” issue. It seems tens of millions of American women must have missed that memo, as did a majority of young voters, who are supposed to be charging to the left on all “social issues.”